Team News 12.1

Daring Greatly in Faith, Academics, & Service for SMCS

Happy Advent, Team! We are people in waiting.


Good evening! I hope you have had a restful and recharging break. I am eager to welcome you back as we begin Advent together in hope (this week!), peace (next candle), joy (our 3rd week, pink candle) and love (4th week of Advent). As we begin this new liturgical season, what are you waiting for? What keeps your heart rooted in hope as we wait? Yes, we are counting down the three weeks to a longer break---how can we also center ourselves these three weeks in Advent, a liturgical season that reminds us what our struggles are for--the wait, the anticipation--Christ's birth.

What are the ways you will make Advent known in your classroom? Yes, those elves on shelves and Santa's good list are great temporary classroom management will we as Catholic school ministers and teachers support our students in anticipation of Christ? Let's work together these three weeks to cheer each other on as we await our savior's birth.

Please be at prayer at 7:45AM sharp tomorrow for our opening Advent prayer. I will be leading each Monday of Advent to kick us off and our leaders will take over Tuesday to Friday.

Thank you! See you manana!

Team Meeting MOVED to 12/10

Tuesday, Dec. 10th, 3:45-5pm


Our team meeting is moved to 12/10. We will go over Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass, School Christmas Concert and more. Agenda to follow.

Reminders and Updates

  • Advent. Teach it. Explain it. Live it and love it! We are here together to celebrate.
  • Please approve your hours first thing on Monday.
  • Santa will be here on Wednesday. Be ready for lots of distractions and excitement and roll with it. Even MS gets thrilled. Enjoy and smile through it with me.
  • Remember you will need to reteach procedures even after a week is out.
  • I know as the interruptions begin that it's difficult to keep up with administrative tasks. Please prioritize putting grades into your gradebook by Sunday evening at the latest. Please email when assignments go missing or a student is in danger of failing, please cc me and Regina.

Classroom Advent Activities

BOGO Bookfair

A Classroom Christmas Gift!

We received a grant for classroom literacy and the Arch is helping me spend our Title 1 monies on Learning A to Z. So that means the money is coming directly to YOU. Each teacher will receive at least $200 for their classroom library to purchase items from scholastic. Please get your class book sets and classroom library requests to Mrs. Fischer by Friday so we can be sure to get these items to you. The book fair coming our way is buy one get one free, so you will really be getting almost $400 for your class!


Wednesday, Dec. 11th, 6:30pm to Thursday, Dec. 12th, 8pm

Bella On The Vine, Converse, TX, USA

Converse, TX

Free yummy dinner on the town and adult beverages for you and a plus one.


Missed our Team Meeting? Minutes and Notes here!

School Schedules: Duty, Classroom and Contact Information

This Week's Scheduled Interruptions/Off Campus/Subbing


Mrs. Rosa Out

Ms. Salazar Meeting at 2PM


Ms. Molly Out

Ms. Salazar meeting at 1:45PM

Wednesday: Santa Pictures all day. Students will be called out by grade level starting at 9AM with PreK

Mass Information

Dec 6

1st grade

Dec 12

Middle School and 2nd Grade

Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day

Please always confirm readers and begin practicing with them by Tuesday. Please email your assignments to Ms. Cortez and Ms. Salazar by Wednesday.

October/ November/December Duty

Edited based on your feedback! Tried to shuffle it around so you aren't back to back. If you are going to be absent or late, please make sure you secure a sub for your duty.
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Grading Deadlines

Report Card Quarter 2: Grades AND Skill Sets due by Thursday, December 19 at 7PM.

Progress Report Quarter 3: Grades complete by Sunday, Feb 9th.

Report Card Quarter 3: Grades and Skill Sets due by March 17 at 7PM.

Progress Report Quarter 4: Grades complete by Sunday, April 19.

8th Grade Report Card: Grades complete by May 22.

Kinder to 7th Grade: Take grades and complete until May 29.